How do people experience negotiating HIV-related online and remote testing resources?
Gibbs et al.
Type of approach
Type of assistance
Mixed: General population and men who have sex with men
Values and preferences
UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
Think-aloud and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 28 individuals selected using community convenience sampling. Participants were from a range of ethnicities, 36% female, 57% men who have sex with men and ranged in age from 25-69 years. Some participants had previously accessed online information about HIV self-testing or conducted HIVST or HIV self-sampling. Transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis. Study period: April to August 2018.
Summary of findings
Participants highlighted the importance of having a trusted source of information and found the way information was presented in HIV-related online and remote testing resources did not meet their needs. Participants identified challenges in choosing the right test, and also expressed the need for support preparing for a test and the potential result. Although participants liked the rapidity of HIVST, they believed there was a lack of information about interpreting the test and little supportive advice if the result was reactive.
Willingness to pay
Willingness to pay details
Linkage to prevention, care and treatment